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Friday, January 16, 2009

Things of the First [2]

  1. Emmy-winning actor Patrick McGoohan, best known for starring in cult 1960s TV show The Prisoner, has died at the age of 80.
  2. The first women allowed onto the London Stock Exchange's trading floor was in March 1973.
  3. A Czech art installation that makes fun of national stereotypes has caused offence, especially with Bulgaria which it has depicted as a toilet.
  4. US entertainer Madonna is rumoured to dislike her nickname of "Madge", coined by the British tabloid press after her marriage to British film director Guy Ritchie, jokily casting her as a suburban housewife.
  5. An American woman is auctioning off her virginity to pay for her masters course in family and marriage therapy.
  6. US President George W Bush's occasional verbal lapses during eight years in office are known as "Bushisms".
  7. The world's first bio fuelled flying car is flying to Timbuktu.
  8. People who drink too much coffee could start seeing ghosts or hearing strange voices.
  9. Sleeping for under seven hours a night greatly raises the risk of catching a cold.
  10. A report says that the UK is an unequal place to grow up, with success in life largely determined by parents' backgrounds and earnings.
  11. A job as a caretaker to a tropical island has been described as the best job in the world.
  12. A reward has been offered for the return of a stolen £53,000 gold-plated, diamond-encrusted tractor.
  13. Veteran snooker player Ray Reardon sported a jet black widow's peak that earned him the nickname Dracula.
  14. According to a study, two search requests on search site Google produces "as much carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle".
  15. You can rent-a-friend in Japan.

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